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…Until You Break.

with Jeremy Mende of MendeDesign

This proposal for an installation at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA was submitted in 2018.

Approaching the cell, a visitor sees a steel partition positioned 3.5 ft. inside the cell with the phrase ‘…until you break.’ etched into it. Walking around the partition and into the cell a bare light bulb hangs from the skylight frame, suspended over a steel detention stool. The visitor may sit on the stool. With an audible click a timer turns the light on. After two seconds and another click the cell returns to darkness. This sequence continues infinitely. The back of the entry partition is a polished steel mirror that confronts the visitor with their reflection.